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  • Most issues that were preventing a deal, such as price and the role of Cigna Chief Executive David Cordani, have been resolved, the person said, without offering details. The Wall Street Journal earlier reported that Anthem was nearing an agreement to pay about $187 per share for Cigna. Cigna shares jumped 6.5 percent in after-hours trading to $161 while Anthem's...

  • Cigna shares jumped 6.5 percent in after-hours trading to $161 while Anthem's shares were marginally lower after closing at $155.10 on Wednesday. Anthem is expected to pay about $187 per share for Cigna in a deal that could be announced as soon as Thursday, the Journal said, citing people familiar with the matter. Cigna also said it was concerned other members of...

  • July 22- Health insurer Anthem Inc is nearing a deal to buy smaller rival Cigna Inc for more than $48 billion, the Wall Street Journal reported on Wednesday. Anthem is expected to pay about $187 per share for Cigna in a deal that could be announced as soon as Thursday, the Journal said, citing people familiar with the matter. The insurers were not immediately...

  • After-hours buzz: SanDisk, Qualcomm, AmEx & more Wednesday, 22 Jul 2015 | 6:41 PM ET
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    Check out the companies making headlines after the bell Wednesday: Qualcomm, AmEx, SanDisk & more.

  • Cigna shares spike on Anthem takeover report Wednesday, 22 Jul 2015 | 6:24 PM ET
    Anthem Health Insurance headquarters on February 5, 2015 in Indianapolis, Indiana.

    Anthem is closing in on a deal to buy Cigna for $187 per share, The Wall Street Journal reported, citing sources.

  • July 17- University of California Health, which runs four hospitals in the university's campuses, and drug retailer CVS Health Corp's CVSphoto.com became the latest victims of cyber attacks. UCLA Health said on Friday that data on as many as 4.5 million individuals was at potentially at risk, although it added it had not yet found evidence that individuals'...

  • July 16- UnitedHealth Group Inc, the largest U.S. health insurer, on Thursday forecast higher profit and said medical costs were under control, pushing off any discussion about its role in a frenzy of insurer consolidation. Aetna Inc and Humana Inc have recently struck a deal, and Anthem Inc is in pursuit of Cigna Corp. UnitedHealth has also been reported to have...

  • July 16- UnitedHealth Group Inc, the largest U.S. health insurer, said Thursday its medical costs were as expected during the second quarter, but analysts were disappointed, saying the ratio of medical costs to premiums was higher than expected. It raised its profit forecast for the full year to $6.25- $6.35 per share from $6.15- $6.30 on revenue of about $154...

  • UnitedHealth CEO says insurer has 'plenty of scale' Thursday, 16 Jul 2015 | 9:22 AM ET

    NEW YORK, July 16- UnitedHealth Group Inc Chief Executive Officer Stephen Hemsley said on Thursday during a conference call that the company's mergers and acquisition strategy has not changed and that it expects to continue to build and diversify its business. Hemsley was responding to a question about how UnitedHealth is approaching M&A at a time when...

  • July 16- UnitedHealth Group Inc, the largest U.S. health insurer, reported a better-than-expected quarterly profit as enrollments increased and its Optum health services business performed better. UnitedHealth is the first of the national health insurers to report earnings, at a time when the industry is in the midst of consolidation, with Aetna Inc and...

  • July 16- UnitedHealth Group Inc, the largest U.S. health insurer, reported a quarterly profit that jumped 12.6 percent as revenue increased in its Optum business and enrollments increased. The insurer's net income rose to $1.59 billion, or $1.64 per share, for the quarter ended June 30 from $1.41 billion, or $1.42 per share, a year earlier. 3/ 8. Its report comes at a time...

  • Ex-Medicare head to lead health insurance lobby Wednesday, 15 Jul 2015 | 2:44 PM ET
    Marilyn Tavenner

    Marilyn Tavenner, who was in charge of HealthCare.gov's rollout, will head health insurance lobbying, The New York Times reports.

  • What to watch from UnitedHealth earnings Wednesday, 15 Jul 2015 | 11:00 AM ET
    United Health Group

    UnitedHealth may not be in the hunt to acquire a rival, but industry consolidation will be a big topic when it releases earnings.

  • UPDATE 1-Anthem, Cigna progressing towards deal - CNBC Thursday, 9 Jul 2015 | 11:04 AM ET

    July 9- Health insurers Anthem Inc and Cigna Corp were moving ahead to sign a merger deal as Cigna backed down on its differences over governance issues, CNBC tweeted, citing sources. The tweets also quoted sources as saying that UnitedHealth Group Inc was looking to bid for Cigna. Cigna shares were up 3 percent at $155.08 in early trading on the Nasdaq.

  • Anthem, Cigna progressing towards deal - CNBC Thursday, 9 Jul 2015 | 10:19 AM ET

    July 9- Health insurers Anthem Inc and Cigna Corp were moving ahead to sign a merger deal as Cigna backed down over governance issues, CNBC tweeted, citing sources. The tweets also quoted sources as saying that UnitedHealth Group Inc was looking to bid for Cigna. Cigna shares were up 3 percent at $155.08 in early trading on the Nasdaq.

  • NEW YORK, July 6- Aetna Inc's chief executive said Monday he was confident an antitrust review of the health insurer's proposed purchase of smaller rival Humana Inc would allow the deal to close in the second half of 2016, seeking to allay investor concerns. Mark Bertolini said Aetna had already prepared for possible divestitures to address overlaps with...

  • Insurance mergers getting hot Monday, 6 Jul 2015 | 6:00 AM ET
    Insurance mergers getting hot

    Aetna and Humana announce a record-setting $37 billion deal.

  • Insurers choose partners, and dance floor shrinks Saturday, 4 Jul 2015 | 11:28 AM ET
    Handshake M&A mergers promotion

    Amid a big era for consolidation in the health insurance sector, will the M&A wave spur more deals?

  • NEW YORK, July 3- Aetna Inc's $37 billion deal to buy smaller health insurer Humana Inc will face rigorous scrutiny from U.S. regulators, which antitrust experts said could also make other large-scale mergers in the sector more difficult. The deal follows weeks of intense discussions about potential combinations among the five biggest U.S. health insurers:...

  • NEW YORK, July 3- Aetna Inc's $37 billion deal to buy smaller health insurer Humana Inc will face rigorous scrutiny from U.S. regulators, which antitrust experts said could also make other large-scale mergers in the sector more difficult. The deal follows weeks of intense discussions about potential combinations among the five biggest U.S. health insurers:...